The Transportation Security Administration’s new enhanced-imaging full body scanners are an epic fail. If not the technology itself, then the agents manning the monitors. According to a “high ranking” source at the TSA [via nbcdfw.com], an undercover agent was able to get through security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun in her underwear during testing of the new system. Repeatedly. “The officer successfully made it through the airport’s body scanners every time she tried, the source said.” How many times? Not specified. But we do know that “The TSA insider who blew the whistle on the test also said that none of the TSA agents who failed to spot the gun on the scanned image were disciplined. The source said the agents continue to work the body scanners today.” The TSA issued a not-entirely-reassuring statement about the failure . . .
Our security officers are one of the most heavily tested federal workforces in the nation. We regularly test our officers in a variety of ways to ensure the effectiveness of our technology, security measures and the overall layered system. For security reasons, we do not publicize or comment on the results of covert tests, however advanced imaging technology is an effective tool to detect both metallic and nonmetallic items hidden on passengers.